PAWTUCKET, R.I.—UMass Boston Athletics earned their best-ever finish in the Little East Conference Commisioner's Cup, the LEC office announced Tuesday afternoon.
The Beacons finished a program-best second amongst the eight LEC schools with a 5.34 point average. UMass Boston finished just behind two-time defending champion Eastern Connecticut State University, who finished the year with a 5.62 average.
For sports in which the LEC conducts in-season play (baseball, basketball, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball), points are determined by the ranked order of finish in the final regular season standings. For sports that do not conduct in-season play (cross country, swimming & diving, track & field), points are awarded based on the order of finish at the LEC championship meet. The champion in each sport is awarded eight points, with each team following in the standings receiving one less point (8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1).
The LEC Commisioner's Cup was founded in 2001 and UMass Boston had never finished higher than fifth place prior to 2017. Last year, UMass Boston finished a program-best third place.
The Beacons narrowly edged Keene State College, who had won 16-straight LEC Commisioner's Cups before finishing second last year. The Owls were followed by the University of Southern Maine, UMass Dartmouth, Plymouth State University, Western Connecticut State University and Rhode Island College in the standings.
UMass Boston earned three LEC Regular Season Titles (Volleyball, Men's Tennis and Baseball) and have five other programs finish in the top three of their respective sports.
Women's Basketball finished second in the LEC Regular Season standings, while men's soccer, men's basketball, women's indoor track & field and men's outdoor track & field all finished third overall.